another batch of Poltergeist:
The Legacy questions
for you. I think that's it for now!
In the episode Revelations, the team investigate strange
goings-on at Rachel's old girls' school. It seems that there
may be some ritualistic child abuse going on. Rachel admits
that she doesn't have any memories from the school. Why does
she not make more of a deal of this?
In the same episode, the old headmistress comments on how
Rachel was one of her star pupils and then points to a picture
of her at her graduation. Is she really in the habit of keeping
pictures of all her top girls in her office? We see a couple
of others, but what are the chances that, over the 20+ years
the headmistress has been teaching, Rachel is still her top
Also, if Rachel was such a clever girl, why does she not make
more of the fact that the headmistress looks younger than
her? Assuming Rachel is in her 40s, the headmistress must
be at least 60+. This is an extremely conservative estimate
- the old girl is more likely 70+.
4) At the end of Bones of St Anthony, Derek takes an
artefact from this adventure and (like Mr Benn) puts it in
a secret room, where there seem to be numerous other souvenirs.
Can Derek do this, by which I mean basically steal items that
should be securely stored, and lock them in a room? If he
were to become possessed, or turn evil, he'd have all the
tools he needs to take over the world.
In The Reckoning, Nick says that he will check the
front door is locked before he goes to bed. Not a very impressive
security system they have in place then, is it? Also, wouldn't
the butler, whom we keep seeing wandering around, have done
In the episode A Traitor Among Us Derek is on trial
for incompetence. We are told numerous times that the journals
(that everyone keeps) will act as his defence and prosecution.
At the end of the episode, the real reason for this investigation
is revealed and everything goes back to normal. Er... why?
The journals quite clearly show that Derek has been incompetent.
Why is he not booted out?
Some people just have bad memories. Maybe Rachel doesn't fully
realise that this lack of conscious memory is abnormal. After
all, none of us query the fact that we cannot remember being
babies. Also, some people just have bad memories. What was
the question again? Who are you, and how did you get hold
of my email address?
It could be that Rachel was exceptionally gifted. After all,
she made the grade to become a member of the Legacy. Alternatively,
maybe the headmistress is an obsessive flatterer and keeps
photographs of all her former pupils. Whenever she sees one
of them approaching through her window, she whips out the
relevant photo and puts it on display!
Actually, Rachel does mention the fact that the headmistress
hasn't aged much. Maybe the old dear uses Oil of Olay. Perhaps
Rachel hasn't looked after herself so well. Or maybe there's
a supernatural element to the headmistress's age and her amazing
photo collection that has yet to be explored...
You make a valid point. If Derek were to fall prey to a malign
influence, the world would be in big trouble. It would make
more sense to have everything under lock and key in the main
London office. However, such a policy might be considered
a case of putting all your eggs in one basket and this might
be exactly what the evil forces would expect. Demons and such
might therefore be less likely to break into a small chapter
of the Legacy. Furthermore, Derek is a competent individual
and he has all his well-qualified Legacy buddies to back him
up and act as checks and balances for each other. Anyway,
obviously Derek won't turn bad - he's the star of the show!
5) It could be that the butler is getting a little senile
(he does seem to be getting on a bit) and that Nick just wants
to double-check that the door has been locked. Maybe Nick
has borderline obsessive-compulsive tendencies about locking
doors. Alternatively, this could be a ruse. Perhaps Nick wants
an excuse to go and make himself a midnight snack, but is
embarrassed, or wants to have a crafty smoke. So he pretends
that he is going to lock the door so that Alex will go to
bed and he can fill his face or light up!
6) Didn't I just tell you that Derek is a competent individual?
It could be that the Legacy cleverly orchestrated all of those
events months ago to trap the enemy in their midst. Think
Season 3 of 24.
It may be that all of the irregularities of which Derek is
accused (and which are written in everyone's journals) are
deliberate - that he was told to make the occasional slip-up
so that they would be recorded by his team. That way, when
the investigation is underway there is sufficient evidence
to keep it going while Derek tries to work out who the real